Scientists Identify New Species of Elusive Deep-Sea Shark

Sixgill sharks are among the oldest vertebrates on the planet—they evolved over 250 million years ago—but they still remain elusive and mysterious. These aquatic critters dwell at extreme ocean deaths, making them very difficult to study, and scientists are still learning new things about them. As Vittoria Traverso of Atlas Obscura reports, a team of marine biologists recently cleared up decades of uncertainty surrounding the Atlantic-dwelling sixgill shark, confirming that it is, in fact, a different species from its counterparts in the Indian and Pacific oceans. As the researchers explain in a study published in Marine Biodiversity , sixgill sharks belong to the genus Hexanchus, which was long thought to be comprised of just two species: the bluntnose sixgill and the bigeye sixgill. These creatures dwell in tropical and temperate oceans around the world, and are distinguished by their saw-like lower teeth and unusual number of gills; most sharks only...
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Blue Planet II Is Actually Inspiring Real Change in the U.K.

The BBC Earth series " Blue Planet II " is a stunning show. It journeys deep beneath the ocean's surface to give viewers inside looks at all types of ocean life. It's informative, fascinating, beautifully shot, excellently scored and it's also changing the world. Because of "Blue Planet II," BBC the company is banning all single-use plastic items by 2020, according to Futurism . That means no more plastic utensils, cups or containers. In fact, the ban has already started to go into effect as of February 2018, with some of the BBC kitchens swapping plastic cups for glass. According to BBC News , "Throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped by the end of this year, followed by plastic containers in canteens by 2019." Then, by 2020, BBC aims to be "free of single-use plastic across all sites." via GIPHY This change comes as a direct response to...
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Where Do False Killer Whales Get Their Name?

How sea creatures are named is such an interesting process. For example, you have the ones named after their discoverers ( Dunkleosteus ), those named after what they literally look like ( pigbutt worm ), and those named after other previously discovered animals. That's where the false killer whale comes in. The reason behind their moniker is a pretty interesting tale. The false killer whale, also known as the pseudorca, is not related to the killer whale (orca). It's also not a whale that attempts to impersonate a killer whale. It's also not the same as pygmy killer whale . (Gee, animal-namers, you know that cetaceans come in other shades besides killer whales and sort-of killer whales, right?) The false killer whale is all black and looks very different to the killer whale. Instead, the name comes from the similarities the species share in head anatomy. via GIPHY According to...
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‘What am I gonna go home to? Water?’: The climate refugees settling in America’s heartland

According to legend, the gradual movement of an island nation to middle America all started with one man. John Moody, a high-school graduate, pioneer, and now almost mythological character, left the Marshall Islands in the 1980s to find the American Dream in the Ozarks. Enchanted by tales of endless jobs and opportunities, family, friends, and later on, strangers, followed him. Their American lives often begin in the chicken factories. In Springdale, the poultry industry is omnipresent: When you can’t see its silos or endless factory complexes, the smell reminds you. Schools, sports centers, and highways are named after poultry tycoon Don Tyson . As the source of the bulk of America’s fast-food chicken, the city calls itself the world’s capital of poultry. At the Marshallese consulate in Springdale, underneath four clocks that show the time in the Marshall Islands, Hawaii, Arkansas, and Washington, D.C., job application forms for Tyson and...
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